Challenges in the diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (AD) in infants were outlined in study data published in the British Journal of Dermatology. In a cohort study of infants with eczema, approximately one-third fulfilled diagnostic criteria for AD. Earlier presentation of eczema and persistent eczema were associated with higher likelihood of later AD diagnosis.
Although eczema is common in infants, the percentage of infants with eczema and AD is unknown. To better elucidate the incidence of eczema and AD in infants, investigators conducted an analysis within an existing cohort study of infants born in Norway from 2014 to 2016.